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What are the Different Types of Brick Fences?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

Brick fences are long-lasting, strong, expensive structures that can add privacy to a yard, accent the home's current aesthetic, or show off a beautifully landscaped yard. The type of brick fences available depend on the homeowner's needs and desires for his or her yard, and the fence itself can be a solid structure meant to block a view of the house, or a structure of brick pillars with iron fencing in between to accent the yard's beauty. Brick fences are typically built around two designs: either open, which shows off the yard and the house, or closed, which adds privacy and blocks the view of the home and yard.

Closed brick fences are essentially brick walls with few or no gaps in them. They are meant to enhance the privacy of a yard, and they are generally built to be quite tall to accomplish this purpose. Such a wall can also buffer sound well, so it is one of the better choices for homes that abut a busy roadway. Building brick fences allows the builder a multitude of options for accenting the home or building an eye-catching wall, since bricks are quite versatile. A plain brick wall may have accenting pillars, or occasional bricks that protrude from the wall to accent the texture.

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Open brick fences are meant to accent the beauty of the house and yard. They are usually lower than closed fences so people can look over or through them to see the yard. Some open fences contain brick posts or pillars, which are then connected by iron fence panels, or even wooden fence panels. Other types of brick fence designs have the pillars connected by lower brick walls. The options for this type of brick fence are, again, almost limitless depending on the builder's skill level and the homeowner's plan for the home.

The color of the brick does not necessarily have to be red. Other brick colors — usually subdued, earth-tone shades — are available and can be made to match the color of the house in many cases. Other accents are available to enhance the aesthetic appeal of a brick fence as well; the brickwork can be made into arches, small enclosed structures can be built to house garbage cans or other yard tools, and wiring for lights can be run through the bricks so flood lights or other accenting lights can be affixed to the walls.

Discussion Comments


If you are thinking about getting a brick fence a good way to estimate the cost is to calculate the square feet you'll need for your project. On average just the bricks will run you about $3-$6 for a square foot with around an extra $4 tossed on for things like cement and sand.

If you are having your brick fence professionally installed you can expect anywhere from $18-$30 per square foot of work.

This can all add up so it is a good idea to make sure you have a strict budget before approaching a mason with your plan.


If find that homes that have brick fences with wrought iron accents are the most formal looking. I love seeing old Victorian homes with their high walls and lovely but foreboding accents.

Often you can get a good mason to recreate this kind of look for you at your own home but it can be incredibly expensive. Not only are the materials themselves costly, but finding a skilled mason can take a lot of time.

It is a good idea if you are on a budget to stick with brick pillars and use wrought iron between them. This still looks wonderful but costs less in the long run.

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